Quinoa vs. Brown Rice
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about quinoa and the differences between quinoa and brown rice.
I like the taste of both quinoa and brown rice, but I like quinoa slightly more for its nutty, cous cous-like flavor and texture.
I also would choose quinoa over brown rice because it is healthier. See how it’s healthier via the comparison below.
- According to the USDA, a cup of cooked quinoa has 220 calories, 8 g protein, 3.5 g fat, 39.5 g carbohydrates and 5 g fiber. No sugar
- Takes 15-20 minutes to cook
- Quinoa is a complete protein containing all eight essential amino acids. It’s light and fluffy in texture
- Quinoa originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, where it was successfully domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption
- Quinoa is gluten free
- Quinoa is the highest of all the whole grains in potassium, which helps control blood pressure.
- Quinoa is high in antioxidants
- High in vitamin E
- Studies have proven that quinoa is more satiating than wheat or rice
- According to the USDA, 1 cup of cooked brown rice has about 215 calories, 5 g protein, 1.75 g fat, 45 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fiber and 1 g natural sugar.
- Takes 45 minutes to cook
- Brown rice does not make a complete protein
- Brown rice is gluten free